Board of Trustees

Josef D. Klam
President
Position 1
Board Member since 2016

Rev. Klam is a third generation resident of Spring Branch, and is a graduate of Memorial High School. He obtained his Bachelor of Science from The University of Texas, where he earned UT Baseball’s Longhorn Spirit Award for leadership with character. Rev. Klam received his Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary.  

Rev. Klam has been dedicated to advocating for and serving children, teenagers, and their families since joining the staff of Chapelwood United Methodist Church in 1997.  His service in Spring Branch has included coaching, mentoring, and active participation as a volunteer on several SBISD campuses.  He has also participated in the SBISD Financial Advisory Committee as well as the Strategic Planning Committee exploring implications and opportunities associated with the District of Innovation status.  

Rev. Klam and his wife, Amy, live in Spring Valley and are raising three children.  Their oldest child graduated from Memorial High School and is now attending Birmingham Southern College.  Their middle child attends Memorial High School with their youngest attending St. Mark Lutheran. 

"It is an incredible honor and privilege to serve all children, parents, teachers, and citizens of SBISD.  In a rapidly changing culture, our school district has a unique opportunity to shape the way we prepare future generations while maintaining our historic expectation of excellence.”


Pam Goodson
Vice President
Position 6
Board Member since 2010

Mrs. Goodson is a former Spring Branch ISD educator.  She taught at Wilchester Elementary, Bunker Hill Elementary and worked as the Administrative Intern at Memorial Drive Elementary.  Mrs. Goodson is on the Board of Directors of the Spring Branch Education Foundation, where she has chaired the Run for the Arts event for two consecutive years.

Mrs. Goodson and her husband Doug have two children, both attending Spring Branch ISD schools.

"I serve on the Board because I am passionate about quality instruction and student achievement. I want our students engaged in a rigorous curriculum that will prepare them for graduation and post secondary success."


Chris Gonzalez
Secretary
Position 2
Board Member since 2011

Ms. Gonzalez earned her MBA from Rice University and holds Bachelors’ degrees from Baylor University in Waco. She has taught middle and high school history, and she has also worked in benefits and human resources at Hewitt Associates and Baker Hughes. Ms. Gonzalez spent more than a decade in public schools, most recently  as the marketing and public relations director for KIPP Houston Public Schools. Ms. Gonzalez currently serves the field marketing director for Sixup, which provides innovative college financing options for high-achieving, low-income students. Ms. Gonzalez resides in SBISD with her husband and their four children.

"I believe that opportunity arises through education, and education is every child's gateway to the world of opportunities that await him or her."

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Minda Caesar
Trustee
Position 3
Board Member since 2018

Ms. Caesar has been an active member of the Spring Branch ISD community since 2010. She has been an active member of four PTAs holding various roles including everything from legislative chair to various program chairs to shelving books. 

Ms. Caesar serves on the Board of Directors for the Spring Branch Education Foundation, has been a member of the leadership team for Spring Branch Speaks, a grassroots advocacy group, served on the Council of PTAs for two years and served on the SBISD Family E3, Bond Advisory and Strategic Planning committees. 

Ms. Caesar has been active in advocating on education issues in Austin including organizing a busload of citizens to visit all legislators whose districts touch SBISD in Austin. 

Ms. Caesar and her husband, Bill, have four children — three in SBISD schools and one SBISD graduate now attending college.

Ms. Caesar worked as an award winning journalist before becoming an executive in a start-up software company and then a marketing executive for IBM. She holds a BA from the University of Virginia.


Chris Vierra
Trustee
Position 4
Board Member since 2012

Ms. Vierra has been an active member of the Spring Branch ISD community since 2006. 
Before being elected as Trustee, Ms. Vierra was a founding member of Spring Branch Speaks, a SBISD neighborhood grass-roots legislative network, and also served on the 2012 SBISD Budget Task Force. Ms. Vierra continues to actively advocate for SBISD on education issues in Austin, regularly attending committee hearings and visiting legislators whose work in Austin impact SBISD. 

Ms. Vierra has held campus PTA board positions at three campuses, including two years as Treasurer, legislative chair, audit committees, and large event management, as well as in-school volunteer as needed. She also serves on the Board of Texans for Meaningful Student Assessment (TAMSA) and Familypoint Resources.

Ms. Vierra’s career includes a variety of business experience, including financial management of an online continuing education firm, strategic marketing and communications for high tech and telecommunication firms, as well as developing and managing community awareness campaigns introducing electronic toll systems across the nation.  She holds a BS in Marketing from the Boston College Carroll School of Management.

Ms. Vierra and her husband have three children in high school.

"I believe a good education is a foundation for success; every child deserves this investment in their future."


J. Carter Breed
Trustee
Position 5
Board Member since 2016

Mr. Breed grew up in Spring Branch and moved back to the area so his children could benefit from Spring Branch schools and the community. Mr. Breed is a long-standing Executive Committee Member of the Spring Branch Education Foundation.  He has served on the FFA Buyer’s Committee, the Bond Committee, the Bond PAC, the Frostwood Campus Improvement Team, has been a member of numerous PTAs, and has supported SBISD schools and programs financially.  Mr. Breed and his wife have three daughters, two of which attend Spring Branch schools, and one that graduated from Texas A&M Galveston.

He owns and operates a small successful real estate firm specializing in the brokerage, management, and ownership of residential properties.

“I serve on the Board because I am passionate about our District and want to see our children receive a top-flight education and fulfill our T24 Goal.” 


Karen Peck
Trustee
Position 7
Board Member since 2013

Ms. Peck grew up primarily in Louisiana. She and her husband Doug moved to Houston in 2000 and selected this area based on the Spring Branch ISD schools. An attorney who practices primarily in the area of employment law, Ms. Peck has long been active in her community, having served as president of two local PTAs and her homeowners' association as well as on the board of trustees of her church, St. Paul's United Methodist. She has also previously served on the board of Writers in the Schools. Additionally, she is one of the founding directors of TAMSA, Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment.

Ms. Peck graduated in 1984 from Tulane University with a B.A. in Political Science and obtained her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1987.

Ms. Peck and her husband have two children, both now in college, who grew up in and graduated from Spring Branch schools.

"Education opens the doorways to opportunity and personal fulfillment. Spring Branch ISD has expressed the laudable aim of instilling in all students the belief that they can achieve more than they thought possible, and I am honored to serve on its Board of Trustees."

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